Recently, Prince Harry decided to attend the Remembrance Sunday event while sporting a beard - which is against army rules.
Prince Harry became the center of attention at the Remembrance Sunday service which was held at the Cenotaph in London and this time, for all the wrong reasons. Prince Harry was spotted wearing a beard while on official British Army duty, and many believed that he broke the rules.
The British Army rules do not allow army members to sport a beard except under special circumstances. This could include a skin disorder that requires a soldier to have a beard or if one has strong religious reasons attached to it. For instance, Sikhs are allowed to retain their beard because their religion does not allow them to cut their hair.
However, since Harry is no longer part of the armed forces, it does exempt him from the rules. But there were few people who did not take that into consideration and felt that it was wrong for the Prince to have attended the ceremony sporting a beard.
According to Daily Mail, a servicing military member in the cavalry regiment was unhappy with Prince Harry. "Prince Harry is letting us all down. There's no place for beards in the Queen's cavalry. He should have shaved it off for such an important day," he said.
The Remembrance Sunday is observed as a day for the nation to remember and honor those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect the country's freedom. Many people considered Prince Harry's decision of not appearing clean-shaven to be an act of dishonor.
Meanwhile, Prince William and Prince Andrew both appeared at the Remembrance Sunday service clean shaven. On the other hand, there are few other rules that allow army soldiers to have a beard.
For instance, special forces are allowed to grow beards when they are behind enemy lines but they are are not allowed to wear them on parade.
At the same time, there is also a tradition which allows a relatively small number of Pioneer Sergeants to wear a beard when on official duty. Since Prince Harry does not fall under any of these circumstances, people wondered as to why would he not respect the rules that have been laid down.